Two separate protests under the 1 in 5 Million slogan were held in the Serbian cities of Novi Sad in the north and Nis in the south on Friday.
Protest organizer Branislav Trifunovic told the crowd in Novi Sad that people from the right and left had come together for the future of Serbia. “Please don’t look around to see who’s next to you because we have a more important goal – keeping our kids and people here in this wonderful country which has been taken from us by cretins, thieves and maniacs,” he said.
Several thousand people gathered on the square in front of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad waving flags of Serbia, Vojvodina, Catalonia and black flags with the words For King and Homeland and carrying banners saying This is Not Russia, Get Them Out So Our Children Can Stay and others. The crowd shouted Vucic Thief.
The protest column marched to the headquarters of the Vojvodina Provincial Government.
A small group of young men with full-face masks stood near the gathering with a banner saying Not to EU, No to NATO. No Surrender with a brass band playing.
Residents of the city of Nis held their second protest under the slogans Stop Terror – For A Nis Without Fear and #1in5million. The protest was organized by Youth Movement For a Nis Without Fear on the central King Milan square.
Nis University Professor Zoran Jovanovic told the gathering that there should be only one demand – the immediate resignation of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. “We have only this one time and one space to live in. Will we give it to the people who want us to live like in a zoo? Of course not, that is why we are here at the protests,” he said.
The demands include the resignation of Minister Zorana Mihajlovic, Nis Mayor Darko Bulatovic, free media and an independent regional service in the city, along with ramps for all rail crossings in the city and an end to jobs for party members.
The gathering marched through central Nis shouting Resignations, Resignations and carring banners reading Turn of the TV, Turn On Your Brain.